The Marshall Redhawks downed the Charlotte Orioles 4-1 Tuesday in a rematch from last season’s district finals. Honorable mention All-State forward Jeremy Luciani scored three of his team’s goals, including the first two of the contest. The junior put in the game’s first score midway through the first half, then struck again with 5:12 remaining. Three minutes later, sophomore forward Brett Swaton gave Marshall a 3-0 lead heading into halftime.
88 seconds into the second half, the Orioles scored their lone goal off the foot of Jesus Ochoa. Marshall limited further opportunities from there and iced things with Luciani’s third goal in the 70th minute. That puts him at five goals already through three games.
Marshall moves to 3-0 on the young season and returns to action Thursday at home against Grand Ledge. Charlotte sits at 0-2 and faces Parma Western at home Thursday.
Listen back to Tuesday’s contest here:
Listen live Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. on the Slocum Sports Network to high school boys soccer with the Marshall Redhawks hosting the Charlotte Orioles. Marshall ended Charlotte’s 2016 season with a 3-1 victory in their district final at Charlotte. The Redhawks, who went 17-4-2 overall, were eliminated in the regional semifinal by eventual Division 2 champion Mattawan. The Orioles finished 13-6.
Marshall graduated All-State Second Team midfielder Cody Clapper as well as honorable mention defender Jeremy Quick, but do return a honorable mention selection in junior forward Jeremy Luciani. Charlotte didn’t have any All-State selections, but put together a strong season as an independent.
The Orioles had a brief two-season tenure (2014-15, 15-16) in the Interstate 8 Conference along with Marshall, but have returned to their original home in the Capital Area Activities Conference for 2017-18. As conference foes, Marshall beat Charlotte in all four of their meetings, including a 4-2 win in the 2014 district tournament.
Listen to Tuesday’s game live on the Slocum Sports Network from Marshall High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.